Message from the Superintendent on Coronavirus

Dear St. Johns County Parents and Guardians,

Please know that the safety and well-being of our students is a top priority. We continue to track updates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to post updates related to our district and schools as needed. We are also placing additional signage to encourage handwashing within our schools as a reminder to students and staff that this is one of the best preventative measures.

We are working in collaboration with the St. Johns County Department of Health to focus on steps to help stop or slow the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including Coronavirus (COVID-19). Steps currently in place include:

  • Information sharing through day-to-day reporting by school nurses to Epidemiology of all students identified with “influenza-like” illness.
  • Encouraging parents to keep sick children home.
  • Students who become sick at school or arrive at school sick are sent home as soon as possible.
  • Encouraging hand washing often.
  • Encouraging respiratory etiquette (appropriately covering coughs and sneezes).
  • Increased cleaning by custodial staff of frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, counters, etc.) as well as the cleaning of buses.
  • Monitoring for changes in usual absenteeism patterns.

Should there be a confirmed case of Coronavirus in our county, local health officials will provide guidance for any school dismissals. Recommendations will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the most up to date information about Coronavirus and the specific impacts on the community.

We are also working with principals to work on alternatives to deliver instruction if a student or school is required to stay home by the St. Johns County Department of Health. This will be a case-by-case basis based on the student situation and/or the school. We do our best to be proactive, but in this situation we must take our direction from the Department of Health and then support students and families.

It is so important that we stay diligent in our efforts to keep our students healthy, and I encourage you to reinforce messaging posted on our websites and relayed by your children’s school administration and teachers. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County